Perkins, Days take reps at A-back

Greetings-

A couple notes from Georgia Tech spring practice

1. B-back Charles Perkins and quarterback Synjyn Days took reps at A-back in practice Monday. Perkins has done it previously; it was Days’ first time there. It’s not a permanent move.

“It’s just a question of, when it’s all said and done, we want to try to get our best 11 players on the field,” coach Paul Johnson said.

It’s hard to say what it means, exactly. Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon noted that B-backs David Sims and Zach Laskey have had practice time at A-back, also. As an example, he said that sometimes he’ll work separately with the quarterbacks and let the B-backs go work with the A-backs under the supervision of assistant coach Lamar Owens.

“It’s a cross-train, so those guys can learn a little bit about both positions,” he said. “We’ll see how it unfolds.”

Both did fine, according to Johnson. He brought up the matter in response to a question about A-backs, first noting that Robert Godhigh, because of his knowledge of the assignments and ability to execute them, is still leading this spring.

Deon Hill did O.K. Saturday, B.J. Bostic made some plays. Tony Zenon’s still working at it,” he said. “Those are probably the four right now, and then you get Orwin (Smith) back, and we were running some other guys in there. I put Charles in there today some at A-back. I put Synjyn in there at A-back. We had all kinds of guys in there running, so we’ll see how it goes.”

2. Guard Will Jackson is still out with a high ankle sprain. Defensive back Demond Smith returned from an unspecified injury Monday. Cornerback Louis Young is expected to return Wednesday. Tackle Morgan Bailey suffered an injury Monday.

3. Johnson said that Hill and wide receiver Jeremy Moore graded out well from the scrimmage.

“Defensively, I don’t remember anybody being really good,” he said.

Johnson and defensive coordinator Al Groh were critical of the tackling after the scrimmage, an opinion Johnson maintained after watching the video. “It’s bad,” he said.

4. No changes on the depth chart. It sounded like there won’t be any official changes until a new depth chart is released after spring practice ends.

5. Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon’s evaluation of Days and Vad Lee from the scrimmage: “They did some good things and then they did some things that weren’t so good. … If they can just eliminate the negative plays, the plays that are going to get you beat, (we’ll be in good shape), because they do some really good things and make some really good plays. It’s just eliminating some of the silly stuff.”

Bohannon said that both have been making progress, and that he doesn’t “know how much it’s going to sort out in the spring, anyway. I think they’re both getting better, and that’s encouraging.”

Bohannon observed that Lee has been “starting to click a little better,” particularly since last Friday.

“Today, he actually got the option read right a few times, which he’s been struggling with,” he said. “But he just seems a little more comfortable even throwing the ball.”

Thanks for reading. I’ll have a post up on Wednesday morning from an interview with Sims about running harder into the hole.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

252 comments Add your comment

GT Lee

April 10th, 2012
5:35 pm

GT Lee

April 10th, 2012
5:38 pm

Thanks for the updates Ken

Ken Sugiura

April 10th, 2012
5:50 pm

thanks, and well done.

BLT

April 10th, 2012
6:13 pm

“It’s Bad”. Hopefully it gets better by fall. I like the backs cross training. Really like to hear Lee being comfortable passing. Nice write up Ken. Thanks

WnE

April 10th, 2012
6:14 pm

Thank you CPJ for validating that I was correct in my commentary the other day about A-Back recruiting being weak when I commented that Godhigh should not be beating out Recruited A-Backs.

Now less than 1-week after those comments we have our own esteemed HC moving better RECRUITS to A-Back to make up for recruiting “misses” that have occurred in past Recruiting classes.

I wonder where all those people are that theorized that, “maybe Godhigh had developed greatly and was ready to produce at the BCS Level’?

Are you out there?

Crickets……………….

Even CPJ can look at what his A-Backs were doing with Godhigh beating them out and knew that he couldn’t risk going into a season with tough early games with that lack of talent at A-Back.

Amazing how I’m inside the Coach’s head for a guy that isn’t supposed to know a lot about CFB?

Once again heavy on analysis, light on trolling!

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

BLT…it sounds like if the tackle gets missed, at least Fred Holton or Rod Sweeting are there ready to plant you into the ground! Albeit 10 yards down the field…

WnE…at least you are honest…you admit to “some” trolling.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
6:21 pm

Yeah, I’m here, WnE. Nothing you say makes any sense.

The issue here is one of relativeness. If Days or Perkins is better than Bostic or Hill, that doesn’t make Bostic or Hill less. It makes them less than Perkins or Days. Either way, we won’t have trouble scoring points.

I’m expecting crickets from you….

Jim 70

April 10th, 2012
6:28 pm

Ken, being up here in va tech country, love the updates, don’t get anything local up here that I care about.

I like days being tried at a-back. If Vladimir is the back-up and maybe starter, days is too talented to ride the bench permanently.

Keep p the great reporting.

Jacket Fan

April 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

Can’t wait to see Vad launching it downfield like this video from his high school team:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

I am really getting a tad concerned…

2 weeks through Spring practice and I haven’t heard anything superlative about T.J. Barnes or Shawn Green. Not sure about how Izaan Cross, Euclid Cummings, Emmanuel Dieke, or Anthony Williams have done (Ken did say Williams has made a few plays).

These true Freshman (Gamble, Chungong) might figure into the mix during the Fall…

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

Even CPJ can look at what his A-Backs were doing with Godhigh beating them out and knew that he couldn’t risk going into a season with tough early games with that lack of talent at A-Back.

Amazing how I’m inside the Coach’s head for a guy that isn’t supposed to know a lot about CFB?
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More mind reading and fabrication. You only amaze yourself. You’re a regular John Edward.

Dawg48

April 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

Isn’t it the point to put your best 11 on the field?
I agree with Stien.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

How’s the little one doing, 48?

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

“I like days being tried at a-back. If Vladimir is the back-up and maybe starter, days is too talented to ride the bench permanently.”

Jim70…

I agree. Synjyn Days is more reminiscent of Anthony Allen and would probably be a beast on blocking and the counter plays.

Oh…and Vad’s first name isn’t Vladimir…it’s Lavaeday

BLT

April 10th, 2012
6:34 pm

WnE, I think Goghigh knows the offense better than most of the other backs. Seems logical, Oh nevermind!
You getting into people’s minds? Laughable!
You do get under some people’s nerves. You do create a narrative. Please remember it’s Spring. Try to enjoy it.

WnE

April 10th, 2012
6:36 pm

re:
Yeah, I’m here, WnE. Nothing you say makes any sense.

The issue here is one of relativeness. If Days or Perkins is better than Bostic or Hill, that doesn’t make Bostic or Hill less. It makes them less than Perkins or Days. Either way, we won’t have trouble scoring points.

I’m expecting crickets from you….
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Once again your analysis is wrong Mr. Stein.

Hill is already set at one A-Back slot, the problem in my mind and ALSO IN CPJ’s MIND is that Godhigh (a walk-on) is beating out the other A-backs and your favorite HC sees that as a problem just like I wrote earlier this week, and that is why he is moving other players to A-Back.

I feel bad for Synjin, how can he polish his QB Mechanics when his QB coach also coaches B-Backs and now he is cross training at A-Back, I guess CPJ isn’t committed to developing him into a passing QB like he promised when he signed Synjin out of HS.

I wonder how long CPJ will keep his “promise” to Justin Thomas since he is so much more “upfront & honest” than Coach Nick Saban was during the recruiting process to Thomas & his father?

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
6:39 pm

“I wonder how long CPJ will keep his “promise” to Justin Thomas since he is so much more “upfront & honest” than Coach Nick Saban was during the recruiting process to Thomas & his father?”

WnE…

As long as Justin Thomas puts the ball in the endzone he’ll be a QB…I guarantee you next Spring he’ll break off at least one 60+ yard run.

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
6:40 pm

the problem in my mind and ALSO IN CPJ’s MIND
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You are CUCKOO for COCOA PUFFS.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

“Hill is already set at one A-Back slot, the problem in my mind and ALSO IN CPJ’s MIND is that Godhigh (a walk-on) is beating out the other A-backs and your favorite HC sees that as a problem just like I wrote earlier this week, and that is why he is moving other players to A-Back.”

How do you know? He regularly rotates A-backs. It sure wouldn’t hurt to have more.

“I feel bad for Synjin, how can he polish his QB Mechanics when his QB coach also coaches B-Backs and now he is cross training at A-Back, I guess CPJ isn’t committed to developing him into a passing QB like he promised when he signed Synjin out of HS.”

I doubt very seriously Johnson would promise a result. It seems more likely he would promise an opportunity. Perhaps Days can spend a week at the WnE Passing Camp after he graduates. I’m certain that’ll get everything ironed out. Plus, he can learn from your depth of knowledge.

“I wonder how long CPJ will keep his “promise” to Justin Thomas since he is so much more “upfront & honest” than Coach Nick Saban was during the recruiting process to Thomas & his father?”

He committed to giving him an opportunity. I believe Thomas will get that. Nothing more was promised. How much more honest could he have been?

Once again, you’re heavy on trolling and made up dialogue, but very light on actual facts.

BLT

April 10th, 2012
6:43 pm

Wrexie, and yet you want Tech to go undefeated? It does not add up. Smells like dog pooh.

WnE

April 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

re:
WnE…

As long as Justin Thomas puts the ball in the endzone he’ll be a QB…I guarantee you next Spring he’ll break off at least one 60+ yard run.
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Are you sure FLJ?

CPJ ’s track record with QBs isn’t too good.

JaBlow & Jordy transferred out and now Synjin is being cross trained at A-Back, Tevin was never expected to be a 2 and 1/2 year starter assuming he keeps his job in 2012.

So basically the first 5 or 6 years of CPJ’s tenure at GT is riding on whether or not Vad pans out at a much higher level than Tevin.

If Vad ends up being an 8-win QB (like Tevin) for GT, then CPJ will be viewed as having failed at developing & recruiting QBs.

Lots of pressure is on CPJ to have one of HIS QB RECRUITS end up as a “big-timer”.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

April 10th, 2012
6:46 pm

Giving Days a look at A-back is probably a VERY smart thing for the coaches to do. He is too good of an athlete to keep on the sidelines, but probably not one of the top 2 QB’s.

FLJ, I agree with you completely about the defense. I keep waiting to here that someone has finally stepped it up on the line, but it hasn’t happened yet. Does anyone know if they are planning on redshirting Gotsis for next season??? I think he is already 19 if I recall correctly. I’m thinking he might be the answer for our noseguard dilemma — especially once he packs on another 20 to 25 lbs. I fully expect us to have an excellent defensive group in 2013, but I am also alarmed that I am not hearing of any real advances being made by the current line-up. If they don’t improve considerably 2012 will be a looooonnnngggggggggg season for the White & Gold.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
6:48 pm

“Lots of pressure is on CPJ to have one of HIS QB RECRUITS end up as a “big-timer”.”

From UGA fans like you?

230gr Full Metal Jacket

April 10th, 2012
6:50 pm

……..waiting to HEAR that…………

I hate finding typos AFTER I have already submitted a post!!!

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
6:53 pm

From Vad Lee:

“@WrecksNEffect yo I don’t know you and I would really like if you stop tweeting me! Thank you and God bless!”

few minutes later:

“Although I do encourage you to watch GT football this year and years to come!”

Wow, very classy of that young man to handle the situation like that.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
6:55 pm

I still can’t understand what kind of person thinks that kind of behavior is acceptable, HighTech.

Ramblin Man

April 10th, 2012
6:58 pm

I would love to see Perkins or Days at AB. It ran so much better when we had Dwyer and Allen at AB and BB. Having the size of those two out there would help one would think and Days has shown that he is a power runner. I also think WnE fails to understand that a coach gets his best players on the field and not just at the position they were recruited for. Seriously WnE if Days cannot beat out Washington and Lee is looking better each day would you as a player rather take the #2 or #3 QB slot and rarely see the field or would you want to utilize your talent as a runner and take a RB slot?
Now on to the defense. Coach Groh maybe spend more time teaching and focusing on tackiling fundementals instead of stripping the ball. That said it is only spring ball and if I remember right CPJ has never been pleased with spring practices.

WnE

April 10th, 2012
6:58 pm

Thank you for validating the accuracy of my opinions High Tech!

Every time i hit a “sore spot”, you try to silence me with 18 month old twitter messages.

How has that strategy worked for you High Tech?

Have I been silenced?

Have I been less accurate in my analysis?

Your cut & paste is a waste of time and no impact on me at all!

When you pull up old crap like all you do is show weakness and let people know that I must be getting the best of you in some way!

Justin Thomas

April 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
7:02 pm

You brought up Vad Lee, I didn’t.

21 Jan 11 John Patrick Mason ‏ @WrecksNEffect

Since young Vad is confused I’ll help him. Vad if U don’t get 2 the NFL, it won’t matter how much U like GT & the Coaches. Also you can get the SAME BUSINESS Degree frm a sch.that WILL PASS THE BALL, that has GOOD WRs, BIG PASS-BLOCKING OLs, & “closer” to a Pro-Style O, so that U will at least have a “Some shot” @ the NFL, deep down inside Vad YOU KNOW that if U play QB 4 CPJ & GT you will have no chance @ the NFL.

That’s the reason you keep looking around Vad, you know what U R thinking deep down inside, Vandy’s HC was Md.’s OC & he’ll run a Pro-Style

The same 4 NCST & Minn., think Vad, if U R lookn @ MINNESOTA 4 cryin’ out loud, then U really don’t wanna play in CPJ’s Triple-SLOPtion Off.

Vad U R merely DELAYNG the inevitable, if U choose CPJ’s Triple SLOPtion Off., U’ll always ask yourslf could I have made the NFL@ NCST, etc

So FOR YOUR SAKE Vad, ask yourself WHY would CPJ change his Offense 4 U, when he wouldn’t change it 4 a 3-yr Starter & All-ACC QB?

Do you really think CPJ will change things up for a 18-y/o kid, when he wouldn’t change it up for a 22-y/o “grown ass man” like Josh?

You know the answers Vad, you’re just SCARED as to what DECISION will result if you answer these Questions honestly to yourself.

Of all the GT Fans that have writtn about your Recruitment, NOT-1, other than ME has taken N2 account YOUR DESIRES, 2 B a passn QB @ the NFL

So Vad WHY don’t the folks @ stink-talk and other places care about YOU realizing YOUR DREAM, being a passing QB & playing N the NFL?

So IF I’m the 1 that considers YOUR DREAMS, & they tlk about Recruit’s moms & playing QB where U can’t go Pro, whose advice is better 4 Vad?

Once U sign an LOI, Clock starts ticking, you’ll have 5-yrs. 2play 4 seasons 2 PROVE, U should B N the NFL, sign w/the WRONG sch. and you’ll LOSE one of those 5 precious years trying to transfer, those yrs. are PRECIOUS, because that’s ain’t much time 2 show NFL scouts what U got!

Of all the GT fans & COACHES & former GT PLAYERS, I’m the one talkn the most “cents”/sense, PUN INTENDED. Vad worry about your $$$ & not GT

BLT

April 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

I think CPJ wants to put the best players he can in the practice. It’s Spring not August.

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
6:55 pm
I still can’t understand what kind of person thinks that kind of behavior is acceptable, HighTech.
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Someone who thinks opinionated BS and fabricated storylines is analysis.

BLT

April 10th, 2012
7:06 pm

HighTech, that is creepy.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
7:07 pm

“Have I been less accurate in my analysis?”

That can’t be a serious question. But, yes. You have been.

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
7:09 pm

BLT

April 10th, 2012
7:06 pm
HighTech, that is creepy.
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Creepy and crazy.

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
7:11 pm

They are saying Petrino is out at Arkansas.

GT Lee

April 10th, 2012
7:14 pm

WeeniE/Gollum. shine up your Precious real good….we wants to sees it at a pregame……

George Stein

April 10th, 2012
7:16 pm

Nothing sadder than a grown man begging a kid, HighTech.

GTPhenom

April 10th, 2012
7:19 pm

I see WnE is still up to the same old same old. He seriously, seriously has issues . . .

GTPhenom

April 10th, 2012
7:20 pm

George, can’t say that I’m too sad about that one. Petrino has always been, in one way or another, trash . . .

BLT

April 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

George, does he get to take the new hire? ha

HighTech

April 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

Gollum is heavy on the creepiness, light on having anything worthwhile to say.

GT Lee

April 10th, 2012
7:26 pm

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
7:27 pm

Who’s the short list for Arkansas?

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
7:28 pm

Knowing their standards Arkansas will surely be after Gus Malzahn even though he’s only been on the job 4 months…

Jacket Man

April 10th, 2012
7:29 pm

Why do any of you waste your time reading or engaging anything related with “WnE”? He’s nothing more than a troll and you people need to ignore him so the rest of us can just get by his garbage without having to deal with him successfully sucking you into his black hole.

It’s bad enough scrolling past his lengthy diatribes of pats on the back, but then having to work our way through your needling him back and forth so he gets his jollies.

FL Jacket

April 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

Jacket Man…correct. I do it more to increase Ken’s page hits more than anything else…

BLT

April 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

Gollum? HaHa

Tokyo jacket

April 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

I’m pretty sure those posts are pretty much the definition of trolling dude. No respect for WnE…ever. Even if you’re right (which you have been once, you did a really good job once), I pretty much can’t agree with someone who stalks a 17/18 year old kid like that. Crazy, wrong, weird!

BLT

April 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

Exactly FL Jacket